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Do Canadian Zero-Till Farmland Portfolios Meet ESG Mandates?

As a number of investors move to ESG mandates there is a need to find assets which are ESG compliance while providing suitable risk adjusted returns.

CALGARY, AB, CANADA, November 26, 2020 / -- As a growing number of investors move to ESG driven mandates there is a pressing requirement to find assets and strategies which contribute to ESG compliance while still providing suitable risk adjusted return prospects.

One such strategy to consider is Canadian farmland, where zero-till farming is a common practice. Zero-till involves eliminating all or many tillage operations, and placing seed, fertilizer, or manure with minimal soil disturbance. There are several features of zero-till that contribute to ESG, including:

Reduced Fuel Consumption: The practice of zero-till has been shown to require less than one-third of the fuel per acre of conventional tillage.

Reduced Erosion: By leaving crop residue on the soil’s surface during periods in which no crops are growing, it is possible to reduce erosion. As a result, zero-till is estimated to have 10-20 times less erosion than conventional tillage.

Improved Water Retention: Crop stubble and residue helps soil retain moisture, instead of evaporating at the surface.

Reduced Compaction: Farm equipment is heavy and by reducing the amount of equipment passes, soil compaction is significantly reduced.

Carbon Sequestration: Research has shown that zero-till farming practices have contributed to increasing the carbon sequestration of prairie farmland by 400% since the mid-1990s. Research shows prairie farms are now storing more carbon than they emit and that Canadian cropland can sequester as much as 22 million tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year by using best management practices such as zero-tillage.

Who is Veripath: Veripath is a Canadian alternative investment firm. Members of Veripath’s management team have decades of farmland, private equity, and private credit investment experience. Veripath implements its farmland strategy in a way that seeks to preserve as far as possible farmland’s low-volatility return profile – the attribute that generates a material portion of Canadian farmland’s superior risk adjusted returns. Veripath does this by seeking to minimize operational, weather, geographic and business-related risks – and capture the pure return from land appreciation. Veripath holds over 32,000 acres in its portfolio and has experienced rapid growth as capital providers seek exposure to the Canadian farmland asset class. Veripath’s offerings can be accessed through several full-service Canadian broker dealers and on the Deal Square electronic order processing platform. Utilising a unique split fund, evergreen structure, Veripath opens the Canadian farmland thesis to the largest possible universe of investors and for the first time makes compliance with the various provincial farmland ownership regulations simple and straightforward. Canadian farmland allocations have several compelling characteristics that make them a worthwhile portfolio allocation for both institutional and retail investors and Veripath’s structures are available to both. For more information on Veripath please feel free to register online at or call 587-390-8267.

Disclaimer: This article is only an expression of our opinions on the subject matter set forth herein and includes information from, or data derived from, public third party sources including commentaries, articles, industry publications, reports and research papers. Veripath has not independently verified the accuracy, currency, or completeness of any of the information and data contained in this article which is derived from such third-party sources. While we have a good-faith belief in the accuracy of what we write, all such information is presented “as is,” without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. The use made of the commentary set forth in this article is solely at the risk of the user of this information. This article is intended only as general information presented for the convenience of the reader and should not in any way be construed as advice of any kind, investment or otherwise.

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